Tetzaveh: The Sons of Aaron

Parsha Tetzaveh - Dvar Torah

Tetzaveh: The Sons of Aaron by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Scene: The Mishkan, God’s sacred Dwelling-Place in the Wilderness; specifically,the Brass Altar, whereon various sacrifices are burned. The sun is setting. The Altar apparatus, used to … [Continue reading]

Terumah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Terumah: Enthroned Upon the Cherubim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark “[In the building of the Holy Ark of the Covenant,] you shall fashion two cherubim of beaten gold, and mount them at either end of the golden lid of the Ark. Make one cherub at … [Continue reading]

Mishpatim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Mishpatim: The Tale of the Indentured Servant by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Now these are the Mishpatim, Ordinances, which you shall set before them. When you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve you for six years only. In the seventh year, … [Continue reading]

Yitro by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

The Israelites at Sinai: Three Possible Scenarios by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Scene: The Theophany at Mt. Sinai. Thunder and Lightning. The people fear, and stand afar off, able to “hear” the lightning and “see” the thunder. A gigantic … [Continue reading]

Beshalach by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Beshalach: The Egyptian Version by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Despite a strong defence and adverse weather All arms combined magnificently together.  --Robert Graves, “The Persian Version of the Battle of Marathon, Greece” Scene: The … [Continue reading]

Bo by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Bo: Ramesses II Faces The Final Plagues Scene: The Royal Throne Room in the Palace of Pharaoh Ramesses II, Light of Ra, Counsellor to Osiris, Consort to Bastet, the Cat-Goddess, and Lord of the Two Lands (i.e., Upper and Lower … [Continue reading]

Vaera by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Vaera: God, Moses, and Aaron Confer by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Scene: The thorny Burning Bush, smoking and crackling. Moses, holding a runaway lamb, strains hard to listen to the Celestial Voice of God, while simultaneously keeping the … [Continue reading]

Shemote by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Shemote: The Two Mothers of Moses by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Evening in the Royal Capital of Thebes, Reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II, 1279-1212. Two women are sitting and working in the Palace’s Royal Women’s Chambers.  One is PRINCESS … [Continue reading]

Vayechi by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Vayechi: What Became of Joseph’s Sons, Ephraim and Menashe? by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Scene: The Marketplace of Thebes, imperial capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom. It is as crowded as American malls were in their heyday: merchants all … [Continue reading]

Vayigash by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Weekly Dvar Torah Vayigash

A smooth, gleaming-white Egyptian moon had risen over the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids. Joseph, Vice-Pharaoh, Agriculture Minister, and Royal Officer Plenipotentiary, sat in the office of his home: it was cool and dim in the shadow of the Great … [Continue reading]